Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Governor Thinking Big: $1.2 Billion For Western Dakota Roads and Housing -- The Bakken, North Dakota, USA

State link here.
North Dakota has committed $1.2 billion to address the impacts of oil and gas development in the western part of the state and help is on the way, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Tuesday. 
Dalrymple and other state officials offered an update on the state aid available to the 17 oil- and gas-producing counties during a news conference at the Capitol.
From July 1 to Oct. 31, $312 million was allocated to help with infrastructure, water and housing needs, leaving $885 million of spending to come in the next 20 months, Dalrymple said.
This is quite extraordinary.

Additional data points:
Future plans are for Highway 85 to become an undivided four-lane highway between Watford City and Williston, a news release said. Remaining federal aid will be used for projects that include Highway 2 north of Williston and North Dakota highways 5, 22, 23, 40, 50 and 1804.

The Legislature also set aside $228.6 million for state highways affected by increased oil traffic. Projects include Highway 22 from Dickinson north to Highway 23, Highway 23 east and west of New Town, and Highway 8 north and south of Stanley.


  1. This story appeared in the Bismarck Tribune, and listed the counties. I noticed immediately that Dunn County was not included. Was this an oversight? Did the county not apply for the money? What gives.....?

  2. I added a bit more to the post above listing some of the roads involved. I can't comment regarding specific counties because I did not see the counties listed. Maybe someone else knows.

  3. Hi Bruce, the link to Grand Forks.com doesn't work.


  4. Thank you. I had to find a new link. Grand Forks Herald has already removed the artice. And, as noted, in addition, it was broken. That's why I cut and paste as much as I do.

    Hopefully this lonk works for awhile.